Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Swansea should go on with their under-pressure manager Garry Monk.
Klopp’s side moved into the Premier League’s top six with a nervy 1-0 victory over the Swans at Anfield.
The result means that Monk’s side, who were fourth at the end of August, are only four points above the relegation zone after winning just one of their last 10 league matches.
That has led to suggestions that the Swansea manager’s job is under threat, despite the fact that he led them to eighth place last season – their highest league finish since 1982.
“Nothing much in football surprises me to be honest. But I would say I’d be surprised if it is the right decision to criticise him because his team plays very well,” said Klopp.
“They showed a good reaction against us following their recent results.
“I’m not sure what level Swansea wanted to reach before the season started but for this team I see no problem in the league. They will play a good role over the remainder of the season, I’m sure.”
Despite Klopp’s endorsement, Swansea failed to register a single shot on target at Anfield as they lost to James Milner’s 62nd-minute penalty.
Monk, though, believes his team’s spirited performance was evidence that his players remain firmly behind him.